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Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Oct 16, 2014 @ 08:05 PM | 858 Views
I'll have to wait for a sunny day before I tackle the finishing work.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Oct 13, 2014 @ 09:39 PM | 1,133 Views
The tail feathers are on and the bell crank assembly is mounted and connected.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Oct 11, 2014 @ 04:13 PM | 879 Views
I used a Dremel tool to cut a grove in the engine mount like the old plastic mounts. The engine sits flush on the firewall with the landing gear sandwiched behind it.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Oct 10, 2014 @ 07:37 AM | 1,009 Views
Blind nuts are behind the firewall and the motor mount is ready for side sheeting. I'm pleasantly surprised by the strength and fit of the cabane struts.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Oct 05, 2014 @ 09:01 PM | 1,819 Views
Recalling how much I enjoyed Sterling Models' Beginner Kit series, I've decided to build a profile Pup along the same lines (ha, ha, ha). I haven't flown control line in more than 20 years, but I recall it being great fun.

Also pictured is a great little glider inspired by Bill Hannan's article, "Soda Jets - The Last Straw."
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Sep 07, 2014 @ 09:07 PM | 1,934 Views
This weekend's scrap balsa bounty.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Sep 03, 2014 @ 09:23 PM | 2,016 Views
This airplane flew best with a bit of clay on the tail so I dropped the Sig propeller and hanger and replaced it with an Easy Built propeller and thrust button. It's certainly balanced better...we shall see how it flies.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Sep 03, 2014 @ 10:22 AM | 2,316 Views
The wind rescued it from our neighbor's roof just before the thunderstorms broke. Lucky little pilot, I think.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Aug 26, 2014 @ 08:02 PM | 1,484 Views
This modified Guillow's Strato Streak delivers flights that last between 30 and 40 seconds...more than enough time to delight the family.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Aug 23, 2014 @ 09:36 PM | 1,660 Views
My children are discovering the thrill of balsa gliders and simple rubber powered flight. I'm rediscovering it.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jun 12, 2014 @ 09:54 PM | 2,220 Views
The fuselage is complete.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jun 01, 2014 @ 09:56 PM | 2,247 Views
Much progress this weekend...covered the left side, attached the tail feathers, and applied a cote of dope. My only regret is that the dope...or the sunlight...introduced some wrinkles into my covering. So it goes. I'll tackle the landing gear next, install the engine, and then begin building the wing.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | May 29, 2014 @ 09:57 PM | 2,461 Views
Enough for tonight...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | May 29, 2014 @ 10:35 AM | 3,862 Views
My throttle servo began to act up and so I had to replace it. Still covering...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | May 23, 2014 @ 07:46 AM | 2,517 Views
After much procrastinating, I have started to cover the fuselage. I’m using coverlite applied with the purple glue stick. The compound curves above and before the cabin gave me reason to pause, but I’m happy with results.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Apr 15, 2014 @ 09:02 PM | 2,546 Views
After installing the radio and pushrods, I applied a coat of dope to the inside of the fuselage.

Then I took yet another detour to build a mobile for my son, which my daughter promptly took possession of. Looks like I'll have to make another one quickly.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Mar 28, 2014 @ 09:13 PM | 2,725 Views
I was so busy at work that most of February and March slipped by without much progress on the Brigidier. I salvaged a few days between snow storms to test a couple of engines in the backyard, including the throttled 049 with the fuel tank pictured here, but my building came to a complete halt. I'm starting to remedy that with the radio installation; three servos, and some pushrods. It's modest, but its moving in the right direction.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Feb 09, 2014 @ 02:33 PM | 2,936 Views
I was a member of the Westminster Aero Modelers along with my father back in the 1980's and we still try to attend their flea market each year. This year's loot includes two 1/3 oz. (?) Perfect brand fuel tanks, two 7" Rev Up props and a 5" thimbledrome prop.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Feb 07, 2014 @ 07:49 AM | 2,698 Views
Last night I covered the vertical stabilizer and rudder and hinged the two. I'm pleased with the fit of the parts...nice and straight...so far.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Feb 03, 2014 @ 01:35 PM | 3,130 Views
Chinese New Year gobbled up much of my weekend, but I did make time to hinge the elevator.